National Conference rigged 1987 Assembly elections: Former party leader

Srinagar: Former National Conference leader and Member Parliament Abdul Rashid Kabuli Sunday accused ruling National Conference (NC) of rigging the Assembly elections in the year 1987, when he was the election campaigner of the party.

He said that he is a witness to the fact how Chairman of United Jihad Council, Syed Salahudin, was forced to accept his defeat despite the fact he had won the Amira Kadal seat with a big margin.

Kabuli made these remarks during the press conference called by CPI (M) State Secretary Muhammad Yousf Tarigami at his Gupkar residence.

“I was election campaigner for National Conference that time and I know everything. I resented the actions of Dr Farooq Abdullah and resigned from Parliament membership. NC rigged the polls and gave few odd seats to Muslim United Front,” he said adding NC candidates suffered defeat in most of the Constituencies.

Abdul Rashid Kabuli said that in the making of Salahudin there is the hand of National Conference as this party tarnished the robust and sacred pillars of democracy by indulging in coercion and rigging.

“People lost faith in System after 1987 elections and situation in Kashmir Valley changed. Youth took to gun and from last 23 years, people of Kashmir are suffering heavily. There is no accountability and might is right has become the order of the day,” Kabuli said adding the recent revelations made by General V. K. Singh amply makes it clear how corruption has crept into our System.